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is accused of killing his girl friend and has been free on bail since friday. nbc's michelle kosinski has been following can the case for us in south africa. hello, michelle. >> reporter: hi, lester. this police station where pistorius is held is where he will have to check in twice a week, probably starting tomorrow. so far, he has not once left his uncle's house. he is not the only one under scrutiny, his brother faces a homicide charge. oscar pistorius, since his release on bail has remained indoors, out of the public eye, in the comfort of family at his uncle's home. in this case, it has read more like an unlikely crime novel. he was charged with premeditated murder in the shooting of his girlfriend, model reeva steenkamp at his house valentine's day early morning, claiming he thought she was an intruder. then the chief investigator on the case was charged with attempted mired from a work-related shooting. removed from the case. now, pistorius' older brother, carl is also charged, with culpable homicide, the equivalent of negligent homicide in the u.s., from a car accident six years a
against him, even those closest to picer toious rallied to his defense. nbc's michelle kosinski continues to follow developments in this case and joins us again tonight from pretoria. michelle? >> reporter: good evening, lester. oscar pistorius has been in jail here now for four days. tonight, his agent just canceled all of his upcoming races, while the press here has been full of reports quoting police sources about what allegedly happened inside his home early that morning. for oscar pistorius, another day in jail brought visits again from his sister, a local preacher -- >> he was starting to cry, the colonel telling him i come to pray with him. >> reporter: also today his agent. >> the nature of my visit was on a professional matter to discuss obviously his career, especially the plans we had made for this year. also to visit him as a friend and give him my moral support. >> reporter: the press here has been overflowing with every detail they can find, newspapers quote police sources now, saying they believe reeva steencamp was first shot in pistorius' bedroom, then through the bathroo
family had more to say about that shooting. nbc's michelle kosinski is in south africa again for us tonight. >> reporter: hi, lester. oscar pistorius' family today strongly refuted that this was murder, and tonight here a production company decided to air the first segment of a television show his girlfriend had starred in and was excited about. >> you fall in love with being in love with love. just one love everywhere. >> reporter: this is a first look at model reeva steenkamp's first television show. to say she was happy about it doesn't begin to describe it. yet now seems eerie to see and hear someone now gone who was only days ago savoring life. >> i don't have any regrets. i don't have any bitterness. i take home with me so many amazing memories and things that are in here and that are in here that i'll treasure forever. i think the way that you go out is not just your journey in life, but the way that you go out and make your exit so important. if you've made an impact in a positive way or a negative way. >> she was like the mommy. she was our mommy always making sure everyone
of his own. we get our report tonight from nbc's michelle kosinski in pretoria. >> reporter: oscar pistorius in court for the third day of a bail hearing that has turned into a sort of mini trial. and a battle between each side's attorney. today's bombshell, the chief police investigator, hilton botha, is facing attempted murder charges from a shooting he was involved in while on duty two years ago. even top prosecutors were stunned. >> what i can say is that the timing is totally weird. >> reporter: all this follows botha's shaky performance in court yesterday, riddled with mistakes, confused about facts. now he's off the case. >> certainly, the state will be left with the embarrassing impression that they don't -- they aren't fully in control of their own case and they haven't done certain crucial investigative steps to ensure they can actually prosecute this man. >> reporter: but then it was the prosecution's turn to reveal what they call inconsistencies in pistorius' story. he says he woke up in the dark, heard a noise, thought girlfriend reeva steenkamp was in bed, grabbed his
store oscar pistorius can be released on bail before his trial begins. michelle kosinski is at the courthouse in pretoria. good morning. >> reporter: the judge announced this morning that he would deliver his ruling on pistorius' bail at around 7:30 eastern time. we've now been listening for an hour and a half to him outline every detail of this case. that was all very objective, straightforward. what we've been listening to for the past four days. now, though, the judge is getting into his opinion. he criticized the state's case, saying that some of the evidence presented was just circumstantial and the chief police investigator contradicted himself, gave wrong information. but, he says, he also has problems with pistorius' account of what happened that night. especially since pistorius described himself as feeling so vulnerable that he wanted to get his gun and start shooting. the judge asked, okay, then why did he rush into danger when so many opportunities were available to him? it's really difficult to tell at this point which way to go. we expect the ruling, though,
they plan to charge him with premeditated murder after the death of his girlfriend. nbc's michelle kosinski is in pretoria, south africa tonight, with the latest. >> reporter: oscar pistorius sobbed openly in court, buried his head in his hands as he heard the charge of murder read out against him. prosecutors called it premedicated. nbc's rohit kachroo was in the courtroom. >> reporter: he looked genuinely devastated. i sat four or five seats away from him. his father tried to embrace him and he just looked totally devastated. >> reporter: the victim was pistorius' girlfriend, reeva steenkamp, a model set to star on a tv show tomorrow. police say she was shot four times in the head and body with a .9 millimeter pistol. registered to history i couldn't say. a statement said the alleged murder is disputed in the strongest terms. pistorius wants to send his deepest sympathies to the family of reeva. her uncle spoke earlier today. >> the answer will come out. if you really believe in the law, that will come out. and we don't have to make any judgment. the judgment will be done then. >> reporte
's michelle kosinski with us from pretoria, south africa. good evening. >> reporter: hi, brian. oscar pistorius only months ago made olympic history. this career had him set to race on four continents in the next few months. now his agent has cancelled everything. nike says it will no longer use him in ads. he is here in jail, preparing to face prosecutors in court tomorrow. oscar pistorius, brought to jail on valentine's day, the day his girlfriend was shot to death seen in these exclusive pictures, covering his face with his jacket. since then, visits from his family, agent, friends and lawyers. tomorrow he will be back in court for a bond hearing the same day as reeva steenkamp's funeral. >> just taking things one day at a time. and we'll get through tomorrow to remember my sister and all the goodness that she stood for. >> you fall in love with being in love with love. it's just one love everywhere. >> reporter: for many here, it has been chilling to see her in life, in her new reality show that aired this weekend. >> the way that you go out and make your exit is so important. you
's michelle kosinski was inside the courtroom. >> reporter: oscar pistorius faced the court, the world's cameras, and told his side of the story. in a statement read by his lawyer, he claimed he acted in self-defense against a suspected intruder. he said he woke up in the middle of the night, brought a fan in from his balcony. returning to the bedroom, he said, "i heard a noise in the bathroom and realized someone was in the bathroom. i felt a sense of terror rushing over me. as i did not have my prosthetic legs on and felt extremely vulnerable, i knew i had to protect reeva and myself. i grabbed my .9-millimeter pistol from underneath my bed, screamed words to the effect for him -- them -- to get out of my house. it was pitch dark and i thought reeva was in bed." prosecutors say he fired four times, three of them into the small locked bathroom seen here in a photo from a real estate website. those shots struck reeva as she sat inside. only then pistorius says did he realize his girlfriend was not in bed. he broke through the bathroom door, tried to save her, called a friend, then para
he pulled the trigger but his story is getting closer scrutiny. nbc's michelle kosinski is in pretoria, south africa for us again tonight. >> reporter: oscar pistorius arriving in court today, inside no hiding from photographers. today the chief police investigator challenged pistorius' account. of what happened the morning reeva steenkamp was killed. he said pistorius would have had to walk 23 feet from the bedroom, go inside the bathroom and fire four times into a small, enclosed toilet room from five feet away. believing a dangerous intruder was inside. the investigator said pistorius would have been wearing his prosthetic legs, because the bullets were shot high into the door with a downward trajectory. but pistorius stated he was not wearing his prosthetics which is why he said he felt so vulnerable. police also say they have witnesses, a neighbor who said she heard what sounded like fighting for an hour from pistorius' home and then gunfire. another neighbor says he heard shots, looked outside, saw lights on inside the home, heard a woman scream two or three times
in prison. michelle kosinski, nbc news, pretoria, south africa. >>> former congressman jesse jackson jr. was for years considered a rising bright light among democrats in congress with a famous family name. but today he and his wife were in tears in a federal courtroom, pleading guilty to serious crimes involving campaign money. both of them now face possible prison time. our report from our justice correspondent, pete williams. >> reporter: for jesse jackson jr., the walk into the courthouse was the end of a slow-motion fall from grace. he told a federal judge, for years i have lived off my campaign. admitting that he took money received in political contributions and used it to make more than 3,000 separate purchases for himself and his wife over the past seven years. a $43,000 gold watch. $19,000 for one of michael jackson's guitars. $16,000 for a pair of elk heads. tens of thousands more in furnishings for their homes in washington and chicago. total value, $750,000. >> jesse jackson jr. had the drive, the ability and the talent to be the voice of a new generation. but he squandered
with nbc's michelle kosinski who was in court in pretoria, south africa. >> reporter: four days of arguments, and raw emotion came down to this. finally, a ruling on whether oscar pistorius would be released on bail. coming only after a two-hour explanation by the judge. >> i come to the conclusion that -- >> reporter: long, dramatic pause. >> the accused has made a case to be released on bail. >> yes! >> reporter: pistorius broke down sobbing, shaking. his family held hands in prayer. >> we are relieved that the -- the fact that oscar got bail today. but at the same time, we are in mourning for the death of reeva, with her family. we know that that is the truth. and that will prevail. >> reporter: a friend of reeva steenkamp was also in court. >> and we pray that justice will prevail. and we still are just very sad that -- we need to remember that somebody has lost their life. >> reporter: pistorius, looking composed as he left the courthouse, was chased by a throng of photographers. there are conditions to his freedom, including a $114,000 bond. pistorius must also surrender h
the floor before opening fire. michelle kosinski is seated right behind him and will have details for us. >>> what caused adam lanza to open up his killing spree? and new details are coming to light. >>> have you ever been busted by one of those red light cameras? >> oh, yeah. >> i'm guessing you have. >> those are for speeding. >> not the red light district, david, red light cameras. why are some lawmakers trying to get them taken down? >> i think they're wrong just for the record. >> you like the red light cameras? >> no, i think they're wrong, the cameras are wrong. >> okay. >>> of course, that bail hearing for oscar pistorius is going on in south africa right now. michelle kosinski has been inside the court all morning long. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning. as we speak, up in that courtroom, oscar pistorius is inconsolable. a statement by him is now being read to the court in which he denies the allegation of murder against him in the strongest terms. a judge just decided that his case, from here on out, at least for now, will be considered premeditated murder and that
breaks down in tears. michelle kosinski witnessed it all in the courtroom. >> reporter: olympian oscar pistorius, accustomed to the cheer of victory, keeps his head down, now shielding his face from cameras to and from court. today the world press gathered him around while he's charged with the murder of his girlfriend shot three times in the head and body in pistorius's upscale well-secured home around 4:00 a.m. thursday. at 30, a cover girl, law school grad, soon to be reality show contestant was about to give a valentine's day talk about empowering women. instead her heartbroken family talked about her. >> she's with the angels. >> reporter: the world knowns oscar pistorius in all his athletic glory with the nickname blade runner, the fastest man on no legs. now accused and staying in jail. he'll have to stay in jail at least until his pond hearing next week. early on there were these reports and questions raised, could this have been some case of mistaken identity? is it possible that she might have been mistaken for an intruder in the home? but police emphasize they're dismissive
morning pistorius is accused of killing his girlfriend. michelle kosinski has more. >> reporter: today comes stunning details. the chief police investigator says they have witness statements from a woman who says she heard what sounded like fighting coming from the home for a full hour between 2:00 and 3:00 that morning, then heard gunshots, though the defense pointed out she lived nearly 2,000 feet away. another witness who claim head heard gunshots, looked out to see lights on at pistorius' home, then heard a woman scream followed by a couple more gunshots. police say they found steroids. defense quickly say that was an herbal remedy forcing police to say it may not have testosterone. go into the bathroom and shoot an angle through the door to the toilet if a distance of five feet away. now he would have had his prosthetic legs on because the bullet holes were high on the door. pistorius has says his legs were off. he woke in the middle of the night to get a fan from his balcony when he heard a noise from the bathroom. i felt a sense of terror rushing over me, felt extremely vulnerab
's michelle kosinski was in the courtroom and has more. >> reporter: oscar pistorius sobbed, his body shaking, as this ruling was read. >> the accused has made a case to be released on bail. >> reporter: you can say in many ways this was expected, but this judge kept everyone guessing. >> of course i'm pleased. >> it doesn't mean -- we are going to make sure that we continue the case. >> reporter: his ruling lasted two hours. he criticized the prosecution saying a lot of the evidence they presented was flawed, but then saying that didn't mean that their case was not strong. next, he hit pistorius, saying he had problems with his account of what happened that morning, saying if pistorius felt so vulnerable that he needed to grab his gun and start shooting into a bathroom in which he did not know who was there, then why did he rush into danger when he had so many opportunities available to him? the judge ultimately ruled that pistorius was not a flight risk, not a danger to the public. he needs to surrender his passports, his guns, no drugs or alcohol, he can't return to the scene of the allege
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back in court in june. michelle kosinski, nbc news, pretoria. >>> lance armstrong faces serious new legal trouble tonight. the justice department has joined one of his former racing teammates, suing him for using performance enhancing drugs during the tour de france. nbc news justice correspondent pete williams in our washington newsroom with more on this story tonight. pete, good evening. >> reporter: brian, the justice department claims lance armstrong was cheating the federal government when he raced in the tour de france on a team sponsored by the u.s. postal service. the government today joined a lawsuit that had been filed earlier by one of his teammates, floyd landis. it says armstrong violated a strict ban on illegal drugs, all the while claiming he never used them. the government says armstrong and his team owners cheated the postal service out of at least $30 million that it paid to sponsor his racing team. but armstrong's lawyers say tonight the postal service's own study show it benefited tremendously from its sponsorship, benefits totalling more than $100 million. the j
's father. michelle kosinski is in south africa with the latest. >> reporter: oscar pistorius went to his uncle's house after being released on bond yesterday, not allowed back in his own home which is the scene of the alleged crime. tonight we're hearing from his girlfriend's father, bitterly grieving, saying he someday might forgive pistorius, on one condition. oscar pistorius did not venture outside his uncle's home today where cameras of course were waiting. probation officers did pay him a visit. one of the many conditions of his release that is he can't go home where pistorius shot and killed reeva steenkamp early valentine's day morning, he says mistaking her for a burglar in his bathroom. today "beeld" ran an interview with her father barry. describing him as sobbing on the couch. steenkamp saying, there are only two people who really know what happened, oscar pistorius and the lord. it doesn't matter how much money he has and how good his legal team is, he must live with his conscience if he allows his legal team to lie on his behalf. if it did not happen as he told it, he must s
words. michelle kosinski is in pretoria, south africa, where he is being held. >> reporter: reeva steenkamp's reality show aired here last night, to many, too painful to watch. many are quoting police sources saying she was shot through the bathroom door of his home. his family speaking out strongly refuting that this was murder. >> you literally fall in love with jamaica. you fall in love with being in love with love. it is love everywhere. >> reporter: this is reeva steenkamp living her dream. >> i don't have any regrets. i don't have any bitterness. i take home with me so many amazing memories and things that are in here and that are in here that i'll treasure forever. i think the way that you got asked, not just your journey in life, the way you act when you make your exit is so important, you made an impact in a positive way or a negative way. at the jail, his pistorius father and uncle visited. his uncle spoke. >> we are in shock about this beautiful girl we have gotten to know well and deeply. they had plans together. oscar was happy in his private life than he seemed in a
girlfriend. michelle kosinski is there for us. good morning. >> reporter: hi, savannah. first court appearance this morning, oscar pistorius cried. his face in his hands. needed to sit down and have some water while his father and brother comforted him. the olympic great is now charged with murder. the prosecutors call premeditated. olympian oscar pistorius, accustomed to the cheers of victory, keeps his head down, now shielding his face from cameras to and from court. today, the world press has gathered around him as the accused, charged with the murder of his girlfriend, reeva steenkamp, found shot four times, police say, in the head and body. pistorius' upscaled well-secured home around 4:00 am thursday. police say the gun, a 9 millimeter, was registered to him. neighbors had heard shouting earlier that night and there had been prior domestic disturbances there but wouldn't elaborate. his need for security, saying he kept a pistol by his bed, machine gun and bat as backup. >> he talked about incidents that he had to come downstairs with his gun. >> reporter: shooting prowess, 96%
. michelle kosinski is in south africa for us. good morning. >> reporter: why oscar pistorius hasn't shown up to meet with police or if he really has to after all. we're seeing the first images that we're thinking may actually be the last known pictures captured of reeva steenkamp, her friend's father telling a newspaper she hadn't planned on staying with pistorius that night saying i'm tired, it's too far to drive. i'll see you tomorrow. these pictures leaked from security camera video show a smiling reeva steenkamp arriving at oscar pistorius' gated development the evening before valentine's day for what would be the last time. for three days, the stuff of global headlines, oscar pistorius has not set foot outside his uncle's house. awaiting army of photographers no doubt a detracter. his brother faces questions himself, facing culpable homicide, negligent homicide or manslaughter in the u.s., stemming from a car accident six years ago in which a woman on a motorcycle died. he was charged with driving recklessly. while he was in court for his brother each day last week, standing by his side
. nbc's michelle kosinski is one a very few reporters allowed into the courtroom. she has the latest developments from south africa. >> reporter: well, it seems every day something happens in there that just makes you say what now? this was a battle between two very good attorneys. first the defense blasted the prosecution's case about how police gathered evidence, things they said that were just wrong, and the fact that the chief police investigator now faces attempted murder charges for an on-the-job shooting. he is now off the case. but then it was prosecutors' turn to blow holes in pistorius's account of what happened that night. they said even if you believe it this is still the preplanned murder of a burglar. pistorius claimed he dropped the gun right after the shooting but prosecutors say that gun was actually found in a different place, on a little carpet outside the shower, next to the cell phones of both pistorius and reeva. prosecutors ask why and how did those objects get there altogether? they said it's totally inconsistent and something that pistorius cannot explain. al
th. we start with nbc's michelle kosinski who was inside the courtroom. >> reporter: this is an emotional week with the world watching, culminating finally in the ruling being read and seeing oscar pistorius break down, sobbing, shaking and his family hugging and praying in relief. you might say it's fully expected. talking about this for days now. but this judge kept everyone guessing. the ruling lasted two hours. in it, he criticized prosecutors saying that their witness, this chief police investigator, presented flawed evidence, made incorrect statements, should have done more work but he said that doesn't mean that the state's case isn't strong. next, he hit pistorius saying that the judge had problems with his account of what happened that morning. saying if pistorius felt so vulnerable and scared to grab a gun, start shooting, running actually in to the bathroom shooting from five feet away and not knowing who was in that room, why did he do that? why didn't he take one of many other opportunities available to him? then the judge ruled he is not flight risk or
, a magistrate released the double amputee on bail, set at $112,000. michelle kosinski of nbc has the latest details from south africa. >> hi, ed, right. this finally did happen. after four tense days of arguments. and when it was finally read out, oscar pistorius sobbed, broke down, his body shaking. and even though you might say that this was fully expected, the judge really kept everyone guessing. i mean his ruling lasted two hours. in it he criticized prosecutors, saying that their witness, this chief police investigator presented flawed evidence. some of the things he said were just wrong, you should have done more work on the case. but that doesn't mean that the state's case is not strong. then he criticized pistorius, saying he had problems with his account of what happened early that morning, saying if he felt so vulnerable, so scared as he claimed that he had to grab his gun and start shooting, not knowing who was in that bathroom, why did he rush right into the danger? but ultimately, he ruled that pistorius was not a flight risk, not a danger to the community, and released him on
family facing charges. his brother, carl, is accused of the death of a woman in 2008. michelle kosinski has those new revelations. >> reporter: for three days, his release on bail, the stuff of global headlines. oscar pistorius has not set foot outside of his uncle's house. waiting army of photographers month doubt a detractor. his older brother, carl, also faces questions of his own out here. staying silent, charged himself in a separate case, with culpable homicide. it stems from a car accident six years ago in which a woman on a motorcycle died. he was accused of driving recklessly and charged originally withdrawn by prosecutors and later reinstated. while in court for his brother each day last week, standing by his side, at times comforting him. his own trial was to start that thursday. it was postponed to next month so he could support oscar. in a statement his attorney said there is no doubt that carl is innocent. he deeply regrets the accident. blood tests conducted by the police at the time proves he was no under the influence of alcohol. the decease collided with carl's car. at
to death on valentine's day, michelle kosinski is in pretoria, south africa, with the latest. >> reporter: his career had him set to race in four continents and his agent just canceled everything. quoting police sources about what allegedly happened inside his home that morning. >> you fall in love with being in love with love, just one love everywhere. >> reporter: full of life is how friends remember reeva steenkamp in her new television show. >> i take with me so many things, things in here and things in here that i'll treasure forever. >> reporter: for many, too painful to watch as new details keep coming as she was allegedly killed on valentine's day at the hands fs her love. reeva's skull was damaged, cricket bat is being xmed. she was allegedly first shot in the bedroom then through a bathroom door. friends say he frantically call them before 4:00 am that morning. i said to him, what are you talking about? he then repeated himself, there has been a terrible accident. i shot reeva. the other friend says she reportedly arrived to carry a barely breathing reeva down the stairs and the
investigators found in his home afterwards. michelle kosinski is there with the latest. michelle? >> reporter: we really didn't expect to get this level of detail today. during this bond hearing, with the chief police investigator on the stand, he said the night of the killing, he would have had to walk down this 23 footlong hall way and go in the bathroom and fire four shots through the door of the small enclosed toilet. he would have been wearing the prosthetic legs because of the trajectory of the bullets. it was downward. he said he was not wearing his legs and in his account he said it was pitch dark and he woke up and heard a noise and immediately thought it was a burglar because he thought his girlfriend was in the bed. police said they have witness statements, from a woman who lives nearby. she claims what heard like fighting for a full hour between 2:00 and 3:00 aim and soon after heard gunshots. another man said that night he heard the gunfire and went on to to his balcony and claims the lights were on in pistorius's home and heard a woman scream two or three times and then heard a
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